To celebrate October, the month of fear – we have gathered four ways to meet spooky spirits in Red Deer. Take a daylight history tour as told by the ghosts who lived it and spend a spooky family night with the whole ghoulish gang. Or outrun zombies through the trees and risk a midnight walk through your worst nightmares brought to life.
Downtown ghost hunt
Downtown Red Deer is scattered with bronze statues of the city’s most famous citizens – and one infamous (and totally adorable) pig. You can take a walking tour of the ghosts, as locals call them, to learn all about Red Deer’s trailblazing history.
And as you go, bring the ghosts to life on your smartphone. Using the Aurasma app, scan the interpretive signs to watch short videos in which ghostly actors tell the statue’s story.
Sylvan Lake zombie run
On Oct 18, Sylvan Lake’s Top o’ the Hill golf course will transform into a 3-km obstacle course – complete with brain-eating zombies lurking among the trees.
Join the Zombie Run – from noon to 6:15 pm – and try to outrun the undead predators who will try and grab the flags from your belt. Lose them all and join the living dead – or outwit the zombies all the way to the finish line.
24th annual Zed haunted house
From Friday, Oct 17 to Halloween night, 35,000 sq feet of the Parkland Mall will become the 24th annual Zed Haunted House – one of central Albert’s most terrifying spectacles. Join 7,000 other brave souls for a scream-filled tour through the dark – where you’ll come face to fang with monsters, zombies, killer clowns and other dreadful beasts.
Tickets are $15 at the door and all money goes to fund Red Deer’s Boys and Girls Club programs. You can also buy an advanced pass online that lets you skip the line – or come during the weekend matinees for a toned-down tour for kids and, ahem, their scaredy-cat moms and dads too.
Halloween family night
Bring your whole ghoulish gang to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct 29 from 6–8 pm for Halloween family night. Dress up in costume, play Halloween games and try out the museum’s interactive sports exhibits and climbing wall. Admission is $10 for a family of up to six.